Indiana’s Open U.S. Senate Race A Virtual Tie
By Travis Thayer
Democrat Evan Bayh (left) and Republican Todd Young. File photo.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The battle for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat is a “dead heat.”
According to a WTHR/Howey Politics Indiana Poll released Thursday, Republican Todd Young has pulled within one point of Democrat Evan Bayh, 42 to 41 percent.
The poll surveyed 600 likely Indiana voters.
Considering the poll’s margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percent, the race is a virtual tie.
In September, the same poll had Bayh four-points ahead of Young, 44 to 40 percent. Since then, Libertarian Lucy Brenton’s poll numbers have grown from 5 to 8 percent, likely taking away potential votes from Bayh.
In July, Bayh was selected as the Democratic nominee after Baron Hill withdrew from the race in order to give Democrats a better chance of taking the Senate
The race could play a role in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate after the November 8 election.